Walk the Trails, Get Fit and Experience the Great Outdoors

WALKING is the most popular exercise and recreational activity in California.  It’s a low-impact exercise that will help you ease into a greater level of fitness and reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes, while helping to manage blood pressure, weight gain, and stress levels.  It also can minimize signs of aging.

HIKING in your state parks is more than just a walk in the park.  It’s an exciting and affordable way to improve your health, control your weight, and enjoy the magnificent beauty of California with your family and friends.

FAMILY hikes are great!  No TV, no telephones, no computer or video games.  Hikes are a perfect time for families to communicate without everyday distractions.

TEACH children about the joys of hiking and encourage participation by involving them in selecting and planning the hike. 

EXPERIENCE the magnificence of your surroundings. Leave the city behind and experience the wonders of nature. Ask your State Park Ranger for a schedule of guided hikes. These educational hikes are fun for the entire family.

TAKE A HIKE is designed to provide basic information to get you started on your hiking adventure.

Now that you know how enjoyable walking can be, keep it up!  Make time in your schedule to walk at least three times a week.  Physicians recommend 60 minutes of physical activity everyday for school-age children.